Marie Napoli and the Bone Marrow Foundation, INC.
When Marie Napoli’s husband, Paul, was diagnosed with leukemia, the family found itself suddenly thrust into a bewildering world of cancer and cancer treatment. Paul’s diagnosis of leukemia, a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, was particularly shocking because he had felt fine just days before doctors determined that his cancer was quite late-stage and he was just hours away from experiencing organ failure due to the disease.
Because Paul’s form of leukemia was so aggressive, chemotherapy alone was not sufficient to destroy the diseased cancer cells in his body. That is why, as part of his treatment, Paul Napoli required a bone marrow transplant. So, on top of needing to quickly learn everything they could about leukemia, the family got a crash course in the extremely complex process of receiving a bone marrow transplant.
Paul was one of the lucky ones. His younger brother was the only match for donating the much-needed bone marrow. Doctors were able to perform the transplant procedure, replacing Paul’s diseased blood-forming cells with healthy ones, thus saving his life.
One shining light throughout the family’s terrifying experience was the education and support that they experienced from The Bone Marrow Foundation, Inc.
Currently, Marie actively participates on the Bone Marrow Foundation’s Associate Board. Marie also recently collected over $50,000 in pledges to support the foundation’s programming, as part of her running in and completing the TCS New York City Marathon in honor of her husband’s fight against leukemia.